Elderly woman robbed by bogus callers

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BOGUS callers in Northumberland have robbed an old woman of £100 from her home.

Two men called at the house of an 88-year-old in Sudbury Way in Cramlington on Wednesday December 21 at 10.30am and offered to repair her roof.

It was then the pair entered the house before making of with £100 from inside.

The first man is described as white, aged 40, 5ft 7ins tall and of medium build. He has dark hair brushed back, was clean shaven and spoke with a local accent.

He was wearing a dark jacket with roofing written on the back in red writing, dark trousers and dark blue trainers. He was carrying a fawn holdall.

The second man is white, aged between 20 and 25, 5ft 11ins tall, of slim build, with light brown hair and spaced front teeth. He was wearing a light brown jacket and also spoke with a local accent.

Northumberland Chief Inspector Peter Reeve said: “I would urge householders to be vigilant when answering the door to someone they aren’t expecting and not allow people access to their home that they don’t know.

“Anyone claiming to be an official or tradesperson should have ID which should be checked.

“A genuine caller will not mind calling back while their credentials or checked or the homeowner requests someone to be with them.”

“We would also ask people to consider their neighbours who are elderly or vulnerable and whether any visitors they have may be unexpected or behave in a way which causes concern.

“Anyone who sees anything suspicious in their area or has any information about this incident should contact us.”

Anyone with any information is asked to contact police on 101 extension 69191 or the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.